Recent Additions to My TBR: 2020 Releases and Backlist Edition

As much as us readers do our best to make our TBR piles smaller, we love adding even more books to them just as much- if not a bit more!

Over the past few weeks, I’ve been adding more 2020 releases and a few backlist titles that I’ve always had my eye on to my TBR. I have a pretty solid idea of the books I’m going to be reading in February, focusing on some review copies, rereading, and hopefully a backlist book or two. But me being me and often straying away from my TBRs, I wouldn’t be too surprised if a few of these make an appearance in my February reading life.

2020 Releases

Most Likely by Sarah Watson (Release Date: March 10)- You had me at The Bold Type meets future female president of the United States. Most Likely follows four best friends as they head into their senior year of high school together, with one of the girls destined to become the future president of the United States. I’m so intrigued to see how this book comes together, between the four main characters and how- and if-the identity of the future president is revealed.

They Went Left by Monica Hesse (Release Date: April 7)- Having loved Monica Hesse’s Girl in the Blue Coat and The War Outside, I can’t believe I didn’t know about this 2020 release until I was scrolling through Twitter earlier this month! They Went Left is set in in a similar time period as Monica Hesse’s other two YA books, taking place in 1945 and following Zofia’s life after being liberated from the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp.

The Betrothed by Kiera Cass (Release Date: May 5)- 2020 may just finally be the year in which I read a Kiera Cass book- and no, it still won’t be The Selection (but maybe one day!). The Betrothed is set to be a YA historical romance. Having loved so much new adult and adult contemporary romance lately, I’m ready to delve into the genre.

Loveboat, Taipei by Abigail Hing Wei- I’ve seen Loveboat, Taipei all over the book blogging community since its early January release. This book has been described as a YA Crazy Rich Asians meets Gossip Girl combo and so many people that I follow in the community have loved this one.

Backlist Books I Should Read ASAP

Leia: Princess of Alderaan by Claudia Gray & Queen’s Shadow by E.K. Johnston- Blame this TBR add on my recent mission to watch all of the Star Wars movies. After watching the original trilogy, I want more Princess Leia, which means picking up Claudia Gray’s Leia: Princess of Alderann! I definitely do not see myself reading all the Star Wars Canon books, but then after watching Episodes I and II, I am now interested in E.K. Johnston’s take on Padmé.

Belonging by Nora Krug- My friends are taking a course that I’ve already taken on the Holocaust this semester and I couldn’t help but peek at some of the books they’re reading. Belonging is a memoir by Nora Krug, a German woman who decides to look into her family’s life during the Holocaust and World War II.

The Thousandth Floor by Katherine McGee- I’ve seen The Thousandth Floor float around the book community since it came out in 2016, but I really did not have an interest in reading it until I fell in love with Katherine McGee’s American Royals. Grace and Becca from the Bad on Paper podcast and their love for this futuristic Gossip Girl-like read made me decide to finally add it to my TBR.


What are some books you’ve added to your TBR lately? Have you read any of the books I mentioned? Share in the comments!

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